Story: Māori clothing and adornment – kākahu Māori

Paraerae – flax sandals

Paraerae – flax sandals

Footwear such as these paraerae (flax sandals) was traditionally made and worn by Māori only for long cross-country journeys. A variety of styles and materials were made for particular conditions. Cabbage-tree leaves and other plant materials could be used instead of flax, and a heavy, double-plaited sole was necessary for rocky terrain.

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Awhina Tamarapa and Patricia Wallace, 'Māori clothing and adornment – kākahu Māori - Practical wear', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/41006/paraerae-flax-sandals (accessed 8 July 2020)

Story by Awhina Tamarapa and Patricia Wallace, published 5 Sep 2013